Technology Trends in Theological Education: Part 2

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In part 1 of this two-part series, we touched on the role technology plays in the lives of students of theology and their future ministry. We started off by highlighting the importance of support for multiple learning modalities to increase student and faculty flexibility.

Mobile learning for anywhere, anytime access

Ninety-five percent of Americans today own a smartphone, and about one-quarter of US citizens now say they are constantly online.[1] While books, lectures and reflective self-study have their place in theological study, students (young and old) today should have the opportunity to access content on any device. This ensures a consistent experience for everyone and allows learners to stay connected anywhere—whether studying on campus or outside in the community.

e-Portfolios support learning reflection and self-discovery

e-Portfolios have long been used by creative professionals such as writers, fine artists, photographers and graphic designers to showcase their work. However, e-Portfolios are now being adopted in other academic programs and by other professions to demonstrate competency and mastery of skills. Consider having your students of theology use e-Portfolios for reflection on their learning throughout their time at the seminary. They will be able to maintain access even after they graduate, providing the long-term support they’ll need in ministry practice.

Advanced analytics to monitor and measure learning outcomes

Regardless of their field of focus, educational institutions all want to monitor, measure, evaluate and predict student performance, as well as use that data to improve outcomes and intervene quickly when a student is struggling. A learning management system (LMS) automatically gathers valuable learning data and allows for learning outcomes to be created and measured easily, so instructors can monitor and ensure they’re supporting student success. Some LMS solutions, such as Brightspace, allow faculty to easily monitor student performance, gain insight into which students might be struggling and intervene quickly with assistance.

If you are looking to promote lifelong learning and drive positive technological change in your seminary, let’s talk about how Brightspace can help.

 
[1]Mobile Fact Sheet

Read more about the “Top 9 Reasons Why Your Seminary Should Use Brightspace”.

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